(Closed) Seattle Post Wedding Celebration- Venue Leads?!

posted 8 years ago in Seattle
Post # 3
2058 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am not sure of their prices at all but thought I would put this out there – Lake Union Cafe may have something to offer you?

Post # 4
196 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I went to a wedding at the DAR house…it was beautiful and I don’t remember it smelling.

I’ve hear great things about the AquaClub.

Post # 5
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Are you only looking in the South?  How do you feel about a restaurant?

Post # 7
1032 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

What location? Does it need to be in Seattle?  Or north or south?

Our reception was in Bothell and it was reasonable.  countryvillage

Also…our chapel was so adorable and cute and CHEAP. it is unitarian so your don’t have to be a memeber. It doesn’t have pews so seats and tables and be arranged however you want.  Northlake Unitarian Chapel in kirkland. I think the cost was only $200 an hour

Post # 8
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I would suggest reserving a side room or loft (or outside deck) at a restaurant. Maybe one with a view of the water? That way you don’t have to deal with the expense of outside catering. Our caterer actually has an in-house venue, the Yacht Club on Lake Union, which is supposed to be incredibly nice and their food is delicious, organic, seasonal and local. Perhaps give them a try?

Post # 9
1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Under $1000 is pretty hard. Some places with including catering that throw the food in with a food and beverage minimum might work though. I used this site a lot for researching venues.

DAR: Wow, I’m surprised about not letting you rent both floors. I don’t know about it smelling, I certainly didn’t notice that! We were told that you can rent a local Diamond parking lot out for about $3 per car.

Golden Gardens Bathhouse: if we were getting married in the summer, it’d definitely be here! It’s simple and rustic but I think it has the potential to be beautifully decorated (google it…there are seriously a ton of weddings here and there’s a lot of creative inspiration)!

Yacht Clubs: They rent out for cheaper than a lot of spaces and usually let you bring your own catering and alcohol. We’re going for the Lake Washington Rowing Club…Lake Union Crew and Corinthian Yacht Club were others that we looked into.

Mt. Baker Community Club might be a bit bigger than you need, but it’s got a great gorgeous ballroom. I decided it was too far south in Seattle, but I liked the space a lot. Similarly, other community halls rent out for a lot less than other more commercial venues. Sunset Hill Community Center would probably be about the right size for you.

Some catering & venue combos might not be all that expensive, I don’t know…The Canal? Shilshole Bay Beach Club? Blue Ribbon Catering?

Good luck and I hope that one of us will be able to help you find your place!

Post # 10
252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Eastside Catholic Chapel and Lake Union Cafe

Have you looked at the Seattle Parks facilities?  There are some really lovely ones out there that can be rented really cheap and have parking. 

Post # 12
1129 posts
Bumble bee

Golden Gardens was priced at around $2000 when I called last month and that was for an offseason (October) event.  Just a heads up that some places in the Parks rentals are misleadingly expensive compared to what you might expect.

I also considered AquaClub and the reason I didn’t go with it is that there wasn’t enough room for a ceremony AND reception IMO for my sized group.  For a reception specifically, its probably the best priced place out there.

Post # 13
33 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

Try The Sole Repair Shop, that is where I have having my wedding (ceremony/reception).  It fits 120 ppl and is a cool industrial looking loft.  It is located in Capitol Hill and is only $500 to rent out.  They also require a security guard for $25/hour.  Linen rental for white linens through them is $50 and if you use their catering (which is NOT a requirement), all dinnerware, flatware, glassware and service is FREE.  However, you must go through them for alcohol (there is no minimum and you can pay for alochol how you want, e.g. put a cap on how much you pay for and then cash bar after that).

They have a limited number of chairs and tables that is included with the rental fee (I think enough for 60 ppl) and they provide all votives. 

They are connected to Quinn’s Pub and you can work with the chef for Quinn’s to develop a menu.   http://www.quinnspubseattle.com/

http://www.solerepairshop.com/  Ask for Hannah!

Hope this helps!



Post # 14
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’d second the Sole Repair recommendation, it is a great space.  Some other thoughts:


The UW Center for Urban Horticulture is a beautiful, modern green building and I don’t think it is very expensive:  http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/info/facilities_cuh.html


Also, if you don’t mind being a little further south, the Pritchard Beach bathhouse is a nice little spot on Lake Washington:  http://www.seattle.gov/PARKS/Reservations/pritchard.htm .  Similarly, the Alki Beach bathhouse is a bit bigger and may be good for you.  Both of them rent for about $50 an hour, here’s the brochure:  http://www.seattle.gov/PARKS/Reservations/RentalPacket.pdf


Finally, if you want to do just outdoors (maybe with a tent), you might have a look at Kubota Gardens or the UW arboretum.  Both are gorgeous venues.  Good luck! 

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